Based in Sydney, Australia, Foundry is a blog by Rebecca Thao. Her posts explore modern architecture through photos and quotes by influential architects, engineers, and artists.

Why Music Biopics are Taking Over

Why Music Biopics are Taking Over

Recently music biopics have taken over the movie scene. From Bohemian Rhapsody, to Rocketman, to Stardust, it seems like these movies are dominating the industry. From the drama given through the different scopes of the rockstars lives, it’s an interesting opposition which differs from today’s society. Oftentimes we look to the past with rose-colored glasses; many people feel a sense of nostalgia looking back on their past favorites. The different parts that make up the movie’s success come from the natural drama that came with being a rockstar and the lavish lifestyle. These movies are becoming more prevalent the same way Almost Famous was popular. It was a look at that lifestyle, but it’s also more real. It has more to its bones. And so the audiences eat it up.

The recent success of Bohemian Rhapsody was also an influence on why these movies have been coming out more. The movie made 800 million worldwide. It also won many oscars including Rami Malek taking home a best actor award. Through a somewhat less successful lens of the movie The Doors, which was released in 1991 and only made about 30 million, the revival of rock and roll movies seems better the second time around.

Recently the trailer dropped for the Elton John biopic: Rocketman, as well as the casting decision for the new David Bowie biopic: Stardust, and as these movies started to update, people took notice. These are some of the most anticipated movies. The movies do have more buzz around them not only because of the fact that they’re produced with lots of money, but because people have these ideas about rockstars as mentioned earlier. Everyone looks to the past with a sort of nostalgia that seems to make it better than it was. The idea of it excites people more than an oncoming movie that is unknown to many. People love reliving the nostalgic parts of their lives; it takes them back, which is why these movies are not only making it in the box office, but the added success will create more excitement around creating more music biopics.

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